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Victoria Street, Richmond

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Published May 16th 2012
Stock-up on the Vitamin C because winter is coming and the season stops for nobody.

Oranges for sale along Victoria Street


Oranges, greens, ginger, garlic, onions, carrots, pumpkins, potatoes galore are ripe for a boiling pot of stock and ready in minutes to ease the winter chills away.
I Heart Pho?

Temperatures freezing outside? Then stop off at one of the many Vietnamese restaurants along Victoria Street and sip a hot bowl of pho.

A trader getting some much needed rest in the warm sunlight of Melbourne's Victoria Street

Pho is the traditional soup dish from Vietnam. Pho Soup is delicious on a cold wintry day. Made primarily from hot water, stock, beef, rice noodles and herbs, the dish is very fulfilling. Local traders along Victoria Street are helpful if you need to pick-out ingredients for those of you brave enough to try and make a bowl of pho Soup at home
Picking out vegetables ripe for the winter season ahead.


Richmond is known for its bargain shopping. On this day, a sale of all things cosmetic was happening along Victoria Street. Revlon, Calvin Klein, Designer Brands, O.P.I , Almay and more were on sale due to overstocked products in their flagship stores, according to the friendly sales lady.

A Cosmetic Sale on Victoria Street

The shop has decorative features that are priced from $2. It may be the kind of bargain shop to go when you want to buy something but are not looking for anything in particular.
Richmond's Victoria Street.


It is best to shop along Victoria Street during the day as the place is a well known hot-spot for drugs in the area. Yet, most people go there to experience the South East Asian culinary delights.



Police plan to install CCTV cameras to try and lower the crime rate. On the day I visited Victoria Street, there was a very heavy police presence and cops were randomly checking cars along side streets.

There was a feeling of something seedy mulling in the air but that could have just been all the pumpkins, capsicums, and oranges with all their juicy-contained pips.

To try and curb the crime rate, a bright green health centre is scheduled for completion this year. I was told by a builder on the site that the health centre would also provide 'safe injecting rooms'. Controversial as that may be.

Richmond Health Centre being built

There is also the Australian Vietnamese Women's Association which was established during the early 1980s and has today become a centre great for helping new arrivals to Australia. Although the title says "Women's", the centre is for everybody.

The Vietnamese people in Australia began to settle here following the Vietnam war as a safe refuge for people fleeing the atrocities of war.

Australian Vietnamese Women's Association


The Vietnamese religion is predominantly Buddhism and Catholic as Yvonne from the AVWA told me.

It is a great place to shop for fruit and vegetables, and the best place to sip the heavenly bowl of Pho Soup. It is just best to go there during the day.
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Why? Hot Pho Soup - traditional Vietnamese Style
When: During the day
Where: Richmond's Victoria Street
Cost: to buy
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